SMU statistics Ph.D. student Yu Lan wins prestigious Thomas Chalmers Award for new method of statistical analysis

SMU News Originally Posted: June 22, 2017 SMU statistics Ph.D. student Yu Lan received the Dr. Thomas Chalmers Award May 9 in Liverpool, England, for a paper he wrote on a new, money-saving method for predicting clinical trial outcomes. Yu Lan (left) and Prof. Daniel Heitjan Lan, a student of SMU biostatistics program director Professor Daniel Heitjan, took a fresh look at data from the International Chronic Granulomatous Disease Study to develop his method of predicting clinical trial outcomes on the fly. In clinical trials, it is common to conduct one or more interim analyses of the accumulating data, typically upon occurrence of pre-specified numbers of events such as heart attacks, strokes, hospitalizations or deaths.  Traditionally researchers predict the timing of these events before launching [...]

By | 2017-06-22T09:19:44+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Statistical Science|Comments Off on SMU statistics Ph.D. student Yu Lan wins prestigious Thomas Chalmers Award for new method of statistical analysis

Study of Texas oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Originally Posted: June 21, 2017 Oil and gas drilling in Texas shale plays pollutes the air, erodes soil and contaminates water, while the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater causes earthquakes, a consortium of the state's top scientists concluded. In the most comprehensive analysis of the environmental and social impacts of drilling and hydraulic fracturing, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas found that the shale oil boom that delivered so much prosperity to Texas also has degraded natural resources, overwhelmed small communities and even boosted the frequency and severity of traffic collisions as workers and equipment rush to oil fields. Fracking, which uses a high-pressured concoction of water, sand and chemicals to free oil and gas from dense [...]

By | 2017-06-21T08:31:21+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Study of Texas oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes

Embrey Human Rights Program alumnus, “My education was so that I could contribute to society.

FWD.US Originally Posted: June 20, 2017 SMU alumnus José Manuel Santoyo was first inspired to channel his advocacy goals into a career of public service because of the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program. SMU is one of only seven universities in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree program. READ MORE: https://www.smu.edu/News/2016/commencement-dec-jose-santoyo DREAMER STORIES • DALLAS, T.X. Jose Manuel Santoyo A Texas teacher strives to give back to the next generation “My education was so that I could contribute to society. My last year at Southern Methodist University I began working on an engaged learning fellowship. Because of that I was selected to be the commencement speaker for my graduation and represent almost 600 other students who would be graduating that day. In my speech, I [...]

By | 2017-06-20T11:42:37+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on Embrey Human Rights Program alumnus, “My education was so that I could contribute to society.

SMU alumni Rafael Anchia ’90 and Luisa del Rosal ’08/’15 finalists for DMagazine CEO’s Latino Business Awards

D Magazine CEO Originally Posted: June 2017 Rafael Anchia is a Dedman College Executive Board member and a member of the Texas House of Representatives (103rd District.) Luisa del Rosal is the Executive Director of the Tower Center for Political Studies and the founding Executive Director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center. D CEO is proud to announce the Latino Business Awards finalists for 2017. A partnership between D CEO Magazine and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, the program honors outstanding Latino leaders and companies and organizations in the North Texas region. All finalists will be recognized in the September issue of D CEO and at an exclusive event in August, where the winners will be revealed. Congratulations to the honorees. READ MORE

By | 2017-06-19T13:57:13+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Tower Center|Comments Off on SMU alumni Rafael Anchia ’90 and Luisa del Rosal ’08/’15 finalists for DMagazine CEO’s Latino Business Awards

SMU chemist wins prestigious NSF Career Award

SMU Research Originally Posted: June 15, 2017 Alex Lippert’s research uses chemistry to develop affordable, glowing internal imaging techniques SMU chemist Alex Lippert has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award, expected to total $611,000 over five years, to fund his research into alternative internal imaging techniques. NSF Career Awards are given to tenure-track faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research in American colleges and universities. Lippert, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is an organic chemist and adviser to four doctoral students and five undergraduates who assist in his research. Lippert’s team develops synthetic organic compounds that glow in reaction [...]

By | 2017-06-16T06:39:11+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU chemist wins prestigious NSF Career Award

Eighteen distinguished faculty members with a combined total of nearly 585 years of SMU service retired with emeritus status in the 2016-17 academic year.

SMU News Originally Posted: June 8, 2017 Eighteen distinguished faculty members with a combined total of nearly 585 years of SMU service retired with emeritus status in the 2016-17 academic year. The professors, and their dates of service: • Thomas E. Barry, Professor Emeritus of Marketing, Cox School of Business, 1970-2017 • Janis Bergman-Carton, Professor Emerita of Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, 1991-2017 • Edward Biehl, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1962-2017 • Gordon Birrell, Professor Emeritus of World Languages and Literatures, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1974-2017 • Dolores M. Etter, Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, 2008-2016 • Richard F. Gunst, Professor Emeritus of Statistical Science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1971-2017 • C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1992-2017 • Debora Hunter, Professor Emerita of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, [...]

By | 2017-06-15T09:40:41+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Anthropology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, English, History, Philosophy, Statistical Science, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Eighteen distinguished faculty members with a combined total of nearly 585 years of SMU service retired with emeritus status in the 2016-17 academic year.

Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History quoted in Newsweek

Newsweek Originally Posted: June 14, 2017 Three months before James Hodgkinson picked up a gun and targeted Republican members of a congressional baseball team as they practiced in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, he signed a petition calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. And before the presidential election, he apparently volunteered for Bernie Sanders’s campaign and called for Hillary Clinton to cede the Democratic nomination to the senator. Hodgkinson, a former home inspector from Belleville, Illinois, died from injuries he suffered during the shooting, Trump said in a televised statement. Five people who were playing baseball were hospitalized, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. A congressional staffer and two Capitol Police officers also were injured. Since the election in November, lawmakers and others have claimed that [...]

By | 2017-06-15T08:46:30+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History quoted in Newsweek

Pia Vogel and John Wise, Biological Sciences, Corey Clark, Guildhall, SMU researchers, gamers partner on cancer research

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: June 5, 2017 The collective brain and computer power of 25,000 “Minecraft” game players could help researchers at Southern Methodist University find a new cancer-fighting drug. Game developers and researchers at SMU are partnering with a worldwide network of gamers who play the popular game in a crowdsourcing effort to beat the disease. The project is being led by biochemistry professors Pia Vogel and John Wise of the SMU Department of Biological Sciences, and Corey Clark, deputy director of research at SMU Guildhall, the university’s graduate video game development program. “Crowdsourcing as well as computational power may help us narrow down our search and give us better chances at selecting a drug that will be successful.”  Pia Vogel “Crowdsourcing as well as computational [...]

By | 2017-06-13T07:15:00+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Pia Vogel and John Wise, Biological Sciences, Corey Clark, Guildhall, SMU researchers, gamers partner on cancer research

Female Change Makers Gather at SMU for Leadership Fostering

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: June 8, 2017 As a professional football player and member of team USA at the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship, Jen Welter won gold medals.  Her paycheck for the season — $12 or $1 per a game. “Your worth is not defined by what anybody would pay you,” said Welter, who in 2015 became the first female coach in the NFL. “My value was priceless. The budget was $12, but I had to be willing to bet on myself.” Welter advised women gathered for the 2017 Women Ambassadors Forum this week at Southern Methodist University to be good enough to get a foot in the door. “The responsibility is once you’re in that room, you pull other people in with [...]

By | 2017-06-13T10:28:56+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Female Change Makers Gather at SMU for Leadership Fostering

SMU Dedman College alumnus up for 2017 Most Valuable Philanthropist in Sports

All Stars of Giving Originally Posted: June 1, 2017 The New York Jets' (& SMU #DedmanCollege's) Kelvin Beachum Jr. is up for Most Valuable Philanthropist 2017. Help a #Mustang out! Vote through July 1. https://asu.givkwik.com/public?champion=KelvinBeachum Kelvin Beachum supporting... Beachum Charitable Fund Kelvin Beachum is committed to helping young people, especially minority and disadvantaged youth, develop the habits and skills for success. He has a special focus on encouraging minority youth to engage STEM-centric disciplines and STEM careers, especially in robotics, computer programming, automotive, and aviation. In addition to his commitments with the NFL, Beachum is known for his dedication to ending hunger by working directly with hunger advocacy groups like Bread for the World and World Vision, and supporting community food banks across America. He [...]

By | 2017-06-12T08:23:27+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics|Comments Off on SMU Dedman College alumnus up for 2017 Most Valuable Philanthropist in Sports
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